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Book Stores

SIC 5942 | NAICS 451211

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Book Stores  (view report)
Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Publishers Weekly
Bookselling News

Online news channel features news and information for retail booksellers from the Publishers Weekly news magazine, with topics covered in this section including industry trends and developments, print and digital sales trends, weekly bestseller rankings, industry stock performance, and company news and profiles. Selected articles from current and prior issues of the magazine are available free online.


First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

American Booksellers Association
Information resources available from this trade association include:

Bookselling This Week / sales
Weekly e-newsletter features news and information for the U.S. retail bookseller industry, with news coverage including key events and trends affecting the marketplace and monthly updates on sales trends from the U.S. Census Bureau Retail Trade Survey. Articles from current and past issues are available free online, with complimentary subscription to this publication available with registration.

ABA Education Curriculum
Education curriculum section includes articles, presentations, guides, and other publications covering various topics such as business management, store operations, best practices, sales and marketing, product merchandising, selling gifts items, children's bookselling, accounting and finances, industry events, social media, and technology. Resources in this section are available to ABA members only.

CBA: The Association for Christian Retail
Information resources available from this trade association include:

CBA Market Magazine / CBA Market Weekly / weekly
Monthly magazine and weekly e-newsletter feature news and information for Christian retailers that sell religious books, Bibles, curriculum, apparel, music, videos, cards, gifts and other related items, with topics covered in these publications including industry trends, management, sales, marketing, merchandising, operations, systems, personnel, new products, artist insights, and product reviews.

CBA State of the Industry Report
Annual state of the industry report analyzes key trends and developments in this retail sector, with topics covered in the report including sales performance, store closures, competitive environment, store characteristics, markets served, operating expense trends, sales trends by product category (e.g., books, Bibles, gifts, specialty items, music, and video), anticipated growth, and future trends.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
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Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

American Booksellers Association
ABACUS Financial Survey

Annual financial benchmarking analysis provides participating members with an executive summary of key findings from the survey and a detailed customized analysis which compares their company's financial performance with other similar participating companies based on sales volume, store size based on square feet, type of retail location, relative level of profitability, and other selected criteria.

First Research

Financial information section of this profile provides income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios by company size for companies that sell books, magazines, music, DVDs, toys, gifts, and other related merchandise from physical locations and may also sell these products online, with major retailers in this sector including Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Family Christian Stores.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Book Stores and News Dealers

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for persons employed in this retail sector on a national, state and metropolitan area basis, with occupational categories covered in the survey including store managers, retail supervisors, sales associates, food and beverage workers, counter clerks, cashiers, shipping and receiving clerks, stock clerks, and administrative support personnel.

PayScale, Inc.
Book Store

Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions in this retail sector such as store manager, assistant manager, cafe manager, sales associate, barista, and cashier, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Barnes & Noble, Inc., Books-A-Million, Inc., Barnes & Noble College, and Follett Higher Education Group.

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